Award Year: 2014

P.S. 254 Dag Hammarskjold School

1801 Avenue Y
Brooklyn, NY, 11235-3511

(718) 743-0890

Ms. Linda Alhonote, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District #22

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We strive to provide students with a secure, nurturing and stimulating environment in which they can grow academically and socially. We are dedicated to establishing high academic standards.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 35%
  • ELL: 18%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
We are dedicated to instruction that meets each student's needs.

We are dedicated to instruction that meets each student's needs.

P.S. 254 is a high performing school located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York with 739 students, consisting of students in general education, special education, and those who are English Language Learners. It supports three full-day Pre-Kindergarten classes to develop oral language ability and emergent literacy skills that all students need in order to ensure a successful transition into the elementary school grades.

P.S. 245 incorporates the Common Core Learning Standards and personal and academic behaviors into all areas of its curriculum. It believes in developing its students to be cognitively engaged both in and out of the classroom. It encourages students to make decisions independently as it prepares the students to be college and career ready.

Technology is at the forefront of students’ education at P.S. 245. All the classrooms and the Tech Lab are equipped with new computers and Promethean boards. Students utilize the computers during center time as enrichment activities, or as reinforcement for core subjects. All of the teachers are provided with ongoing professional development in the use of this technology.

The philosophies of P.S. 245 are "doing what’s right for children" and "we are in the business of growing great professionals." Education is very fluid and the professionals are always learning and sharing new ideas, taking the initiative and using different methodologies to maintain rigorous instruction. The guiding philosophy is that everyone can learn and grow to their full potential with the right support and guidance.